Easy Polymer Clay Charm

Rhinstone Bear Charm Keychain

Rhinstone Bear Charm Keychain

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This is an easy tutorial and a great entry level polymer clay craft for beginner. Basically, anyone can do it and doesn’t have to be skilled to handle polymer clay. Even kids can do it but they will need adult’s help when baking / curing the polymer in an oven.

While shopping for craft materials few weeks ago, I accidentally stumbled upon some basic color polymer clays. As I shop around, I found some mini cookies cutters which is so cute that I can’t leave without buying them. What came straight to my mind was that I can make some easy keychain charm for my daughter. The keychain charm is for her water tumbler so that she can differentiate it if someone brought the same water tumbler to school.

Not only this polymer clay bear keychain charm, I made some other things with the polymer clay too. Please browse through the above photo album to view the other 4 projects.

1. Polymer Clay (brown color)
2. Rhinestone (flat base or those used for iron-on or manicure)
3. Keychain ring or other jewelry accessories

1. Oven [please do not use the same oven for food after it has been used for curing polymer clay]
2. Cookies cutter (Bear shaped)
3. Tweezers
4. Rod (ball pen ink cartridge)
5. Thick hard-cover book or similar
6. Metal sheet or baking tray.

poly clay from cookies cutterPrepare and gather the materials & tools as per above list.
I used brown color polymer clay bought from a Japanese dollar store (Daiso).

polymer clay before kneadingPrepare your polymer clay. The polymer clay is hard and dry initially when you take out from the packaging.
When trying to bend or fold the polymer clay, it will become chappy and falling into smaller pieces.

kneading polymer clayHold the polymer clay in your hand to warm it up a moment to soften it.
Then, used your fingers to knead it.
You will find that it is difficult to knead initially as the polymer clay keeps on cracking and falling apart. Later when it gets soften, it will be easier.
[Tip: You can also use AMACO Pasta Machine or its equivalent to knead polymer clay, please don't use it to make pasta after using it for polymer clay. Read manufacturer instruction if it is your first time using this machine.]

soft smooth polymer clay after kneadingA softened and kneaded polymer clay. Not quite ready yet as you can still see some chappy holes on the right. Continue to knead a little longer.

polymer clay ballRoll the polymer clay into a ball, round and smooth.

how to  polymer clayUse a hard-cover book or something similar to press the clay ball evenly. Flatten it to about 3/8″ thick.
Or, you can use the pasta machine if they can produce this thickness.

polymer clay with cookies cutterPosition cookies cutter on the polymer clay, press to cut it out.

teddy bear shapeIf your polymer clay is big enough, you can do 2 bears together. Otherwise, repeat the kneading, rolling and pressing on the balance polymer clay.

easy polymer clayUse a hollow rod to punch a hole for the keychain ring.
I used the flat end of a used ball pen ink cartridge.

make rhinestone polymer clay craftPosition the rhinestones on the bear with tweezers. I used 15 rhinestones, you can decide how many to use depending on your bear size and rhinestone size.

push rhinestone into polymer clayUse the rod to press the rhinestones down so that they sink into the polymer clay.

make rhinstone teddy bear charmAfter all the rhinestones are pressed, set it aside and wait for baking.
Preheat your oven to 210 F or follow the instruction come with the polymer clay.

oven curred polyment clayPlace all your polymer clay crafts onto a metal sheet or baking tray.
Cure for 30 minutes or as per instruction on the packing.

teddy bear keychainAfter it is baked and cured, take out from oven and let it cool to room temperature.
Install keychain ring or other jewelry accessories.
~ Done ~

Easy Rhinestone Teddy Bear Charm

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  1. Wow how great is that idea…. Thank you so much!!
    I really love your site!!!
    I about 4 weeks I’m not that busy anymore and wil try some crochet pieces!!!

  2. What a cute idea! I’m surprised the rinestones didn’t melt in the oven.

  3. This is awesome! I like to put some little badges onto my kiddo’s lunch box, so she can spot it right away. You know how sometimes kids have the same looking lunch boxes in school.
    Thank you – very creative and cute!
    ~ Iryna

  4. Do not use the same oven for eating as you use for crafting this clay it produces a gas that then sticks to the oven and may then permeate food that you cook.

  5. Think that colour clay would make some nice ginger bread men use for decorations etc

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  7. This is the best beginning polymer clay project I’ve ever seen and I’ve look at tons of them!

    I hope you approve, I have mentioned it on my site with links to your site for instructions and more photos. http://bubblegumpost.com/2012/08/easy-polymer-clay-charm/

    Kudos, again. This is really a great project and it’s inspired me to go out and buy some polymer clay and make a keychain for myself!

    Love your website.

  8. i would like to ask. where did u by all the craft thing in Malaysia. i hope u can reply this. Thank you :)

    • I don’t get all my supplies from Malaysia, but there are a few shops in Malaysia that sell a good coverage of craft supplies. PM me via contact form if you want to be more specific :)

  9. hurmm i don’t know how to send PM at u. via email or facebook ?

  10. Do you use special oven for polymer clay or just a normal oven?

  11. If you are going to use your regular oven, you should use a baking bag or something to contain the poison residual that forms from this clay. It is not safe to bake in an oven used for cooking food.

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